The lady quietly replied that she must confess she could not entirely sympathize with him, and that she feared she was not enough of a Christian to hate any sect! After this catastrophe, Mrs. Brown never opened her doors again to such poor deluded sinners. As Mr. Brown’s wealth increased, he began to entertain some ambition to become distinguished in the world. He accordingly subscribed largely to various religious societies; was one of the founders of an association for the conversion of Europe; was unanimously elected its president, and signed the engraved certificates of life membership. Having gained so lofty a place in public life, he sought a more elevated social position, both for his own pleasure and the advantage of his daughter Sarah, the eldest of the family, and a marriageable young lady. In pursuance of this object, he invited to his house traveling evangelists, the ‘stars’ of the ecclesiastical profession, ‘engaged at great expense,’ and ‘for a few nights only;’ renowned missionaries, college professors, and other distinguished persons were made welcome; and thus Mr. Brown’s hospitable mansion became a gratuitous tavern for the entertainment of the aristocracy of the elect.
Rough Sketches of Female Figures, 1852